Campaign analysis: GOP outside groups try to anchor Obama in D.C. 'swamp'
February 2nd, 2012
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Campaign analysis: GOP outside groups try to anchor Obama in D.C. 'swamp'

Washington (CNN) - As Republican candidates attack one another on the campaign trail, Republican outside spending groups are taking aim at President Barack Obama over failed energy company Solyndra.

Given such easy targets as the poor state of the economy and mortgage foreclosures, why take aim at Obama on Solyndra? Both parties view Obama's ethical standards and his personal likability among his greatest strengths with voters, and deep-pocketed GOP groups want to change that image. They see Solyndra as a way to erode the president's brand as ethical and honest.


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  1. WiredweirdinSF

    The inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady is just that, why does anyone even have to point it out? Because you will never hear it from the liberally biased media.

    February 2, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |

    Yawn!!! Not every company succeeds. Companies do fail. I do appreciate the fact that the President is looking for ways to get us off of foreign oil. That will take trial and error.#endofstory

    February 2, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Enough.

    Ethical & honest? Thats rich like the GOP knows anything about ethics & honesty. Does Newt Gingrich know anything about ethics or honesty? Did Bush know anything about ethics & honesty when he lied about wmd's in Iraq that led to a costly unneccessary war? Yes the GOP wrote the book on ethics & honesty. I could go on & on about the GOP's love affair with ethics & honesty. Losers. OBAMA 2012

    February 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    How come the conservatives are not talking about specifics to create jobs and improve the economy? They had ran on a platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010. In 2011, they forgot all about jobs and engaged a war on unions, middle class workers, women, the poor, seniors, and every and anyone else who wasn't in the 1%.

    February 2, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Both parties view Obama's ethical standards and his personal likability among his greatest strengths with voters, and deep-pocketed GOP groups want to change that image."

    I suspect most of President Obama's supporters have been walking down this road with President Obama since the day after his inauguration. I know I have. It's not as if the deep-pocketed GOP groups and their supporters haven't already spent the past three years blogging and messaging their unwarranted hate against this man. After awhile though, the insults, the jabs, the nastiness fall on deaf ears. Not to be confused with no longer standing by Mr. Obama, mind you. I, and those in my family who voted for him in 2008 (both Republicans and Democrats) still support, and will once again, vote for him in 2012. The alternative of a Mitt Romney presidency is abhorrent to each of us and is the uniting factor we all agree on.

    February 2, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Imagine that solyndra failed. How many failures have the newterman and the flip flopper had? Dade international comes to mind as one example of bankrupt companies and American job losses that have been left behind in the trail of money for the millionaire for everyone but the poor and then there's the thrice married stress made me do it disgraced ex speaker. I guess healthcare, GM, bin laden, national parks, among so much the President has done doesn't count, right? Not going to work. I hope that the super PAC companies and orivate individualx don't start laying off workers to make the President's policies look bad regarding the economy while tye country continues to suffer the rethugs and party of he'll no!!!

    February 2, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. obama victim

    whatever it takes to destroy him

    February 2, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Mikey

    Did I see someone refer to the "Obama housing slump" on another string? That is a ridiculous charge that borders on insane. However, in a world where people like Romney, Gingrich, Limbaugh, and Back, expend a great deal of energy rewriting our history all the way from the Revolutionary War to the present day, it is not at all surprising. Do I have to provide the facts to refute this, or is it obvious that a bubble that occurred in the period before 2007, that broke in 2007-2008 is not the fault of the President who took office in January 2009... and they wonder why some people think there are a lot of idiots on the far right?

    February 2, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Dr Knowitall

    Just Solyndra? I say lets go for the full course meal.
    Lets add Ener1, Beacon, and those having trouble like Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt and Eastern Energy.
    Then for desert, add the killed pipeline and halting drilling in the Gulf and Alaska.
    This Administration has no clue and its time for them to go !

    February 2, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. kat

    Go ahead, get his dirty laundry out for everyone too see. Some people will vote for him no matter what, but there are still enough people with brains that will try to vote him out, I just hope the vote will be ligitimate and fraud will stay out of it. I think that's the only way he can win and the Dems will stop at nothing to win.

    February 2, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Chumlee

    Blah, blah blah! George W Bush and his pals started the Solyndra funding effort, not Obama.

    Let's look at all the trillions of dollars US taxpyers have had to shell out for Bush's illegal wars, tax cuts for the
    wealthy, regulations giving big corporations freedom to screw us, etc.


    February 2, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Dr Knowitall

    "deep-pocketed GOP groups" The last time I looked Democratic groups deploy way more money than GOP.

    February 2, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Dr Knowitall

    "How many failures have the newterman and the flip flopper had? "
    Gee Marie MD, they may have failures but they didn't do it with taxpayer money.

    February 2, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Dr Knowitall

    Rudy NYC – Speaking of War on middle class and Unions, did you see the new GM / South Korea deal ?
    Making several Billion dollars of US auto parts in South Korea.
    If Obama don't own that one, no one does.

    February 2, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |